A Paleo-type diet is a great option for adults, but what about children? Will it provide everything they need to thrive? Today I discuss the specific nutritional needs of kids and how a Paleo diet can meet those needs. I’ll also talk about the American habit of providing “special” meals for kids—kids’ menus at restaurants, kids’ breakfast cereals, etc.—and how these are not only unnecessary but also unhealthy.
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Kids out of control? New evidence suggests that a disrupted gut microbiome could be partly responsible for unruly behavior in children. Read on to learn how the brain develops, the role of the gut in this process, and how bad temperament in early childhood might be associated with gut dysbiosis.
Ear infections are treated with antibiotics more than almost any other illness in children. However, we now know that most ear infections usually resolve safely on their own, and antibiotic treatment provides little to no additional benefit. On top of this, antibiotic use comes with serious long-term consequences. Read on to see what the research says about the safest way to treat ear infections.
Does the modern educational system match the way humans have naturally evolved to learn? Or is it a mismatch, just like the modern industrial diet? I discuss the problems of “industrialized education” with filmmaker Jeremy Stuart—and how unschooling might be a solution.
The internet has revolutionized the way we live and work, but like many modern inventions, its benefits haven’t come without consequences. A growing body of research suggests that excessive use of the internet is detrimental to both physical and mental health. Read on to learn more and get my tips on how to protect your health without giving up the internet entirely.
Antibiotics are necessary and can even save lives, but they are also overprescribed and misused. When antibiotics are prescribed to children for viral (rather than bacterial) illnesses, they are ineffective and can cause lifelong changes to gut bacteria, metabolism, and the immune system. Read on to find out when antibiotics are appropriate, and learn strategies to reduce the need for antibiotics and to protect your children’s microbiome and future health.